Internal Solidarity Statement

Update (10/7): This document represents the views and opinions of just some members of Occupy Boston. This living document was crafted to express that all are welcome and intolerance is not a value we will condone. 

This is a living document. As the Occupy Boston community, we have the right and responsibility to edit this document on an ongoing basis. We welcome feedback and new ideas.

We are the 99%, and our task is to unify the 99%. Unfortunately, we live in a society that is racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, and ridden with various other forms of oppression.

As the Occupy Boston community, we will consciously and urgently work on dismantling these systems of oppression in our movement. We are working on creating a community where everyone’s rights are respected, protected, and treated equally. We all have different levels of privilege that we strive to acknowledge and educate ourselves about in order to ensure that these privileges are not used to oppress others. We want to have an inclusive atmosphere of ideas in which we do not police each other’s thoughts, but we have absolutely no tolerance for oppressive or intimidating words or actions. If a conflict arises it should, if possible, be settled through democratic discussion or debate; otherwise, it should be settled with the help of the Conflict Resolution Team, the Support Team, or both, if necessary.

We do not welcome any of the following in our community:

  • White supremacy (racism against people of all colors)
  • Patriarchy (sexism)
  • Ageism
  • Discrimination based on ability
  • Homophobia or heteronormativity
  • Transphobia
  • Anti-Arab sentiment
  • Anti-Jewish sentiment
  • Religious intolerance or intolerance of nonreligious people
  • Islamaphobia
  • Class oppression (classism)
  • Cultural intolerance
  • Discrimination based on immigration status
  • Discrimination based on experiences with the justice system
  • Disregard for indigenous rights
  • Weight-based discrimination